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The bike is back and I had a chance to test out the new forks and revalved shock. Man, what a difference! Definitely much more front-end traction and predictability in the corners.

It did feel like the front end was a bit light so I'm working on setting up the chassis geometry right now for better turn-in.

In the meantime, I also acquired the velocity stack assembly off an 08/09 R6 to help boost the top end power. I'll be installing and heading back to my tuner sometime within the next couple of weeks. I'm expecting low 120s with the new tune (~114 right now).
all you have to do is swap what you have pictured?! that's pretty easy for a solid gain!!
 

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Pretty freaking sweet! Just a bit Jelly ;P

How is the backing-in part working for you? I didn't start riding until my 20's and I did try some dirt (XR250) to try to improve my riding, but I got hurt way more in the dirt than the track :)

I'm sure the other direction isn't as painful :)
 

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all you have to do is swap what you have pictured?! that's pretty easy for a solid gain!!
Yup! It's a recommended mod by all the superstock racers in my area, as well as my tuner. I'll be putting it back on the Dyno for some tweaks afterwards since I'll probably need to adjust actuation points, otherwise it's a direct swap.

Pretty freaking sweet! Just a bit Jelly ;P

How is the backing-in part working for you? I didn't start riding until my 20's and I did try some dirt (XR250) to try to improve my riding, but I got hurt way more in the dirt than the track :)

I'm sure the other direction isn't as painful :)
It's something that's a lot of fun but really doesn't start happening until you gain speed and confidence. Forcing your bike to back-in will likely cause a crash rather than make you faster. Just keep on working on your corner entries and you'll start noticing your back end coming out eventually.
 

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Hope everyone is staying safe during the lockdown! I have a quick update on the bike as I'm slowly getting it ready for the 2020 race reason (if it ever happens at this rate).

I took the bike back to my tuner after installing the 08/09 velocity stacks and modifying the ram intake tract so that the restrictor plates are gone. On 92 pump (10% ethanol), I'm now making 118.7whp with a heavier Dunlop slick on the back. According to my tuner, if I had put the stock tire back on (S21) I'd be making low 120s as expected.

Some other mods that are getting added:
  1. CoreMoto ABS-delete race line kit with titanium fittings and banjos.
  2. FTECU ABS delete plug.
  3. Galespeed Elaborate VRE 19 master cylinder.
  4. TST Industries carbon front and rear fenders.
  5. Woodcraft ignition delete.
  6. Antigravity Lithium battery.
  7. Transponder
With just the battery and ignition delete, I took another 3lbs off the bike which is really impressive. Probably looking at another 2lbs or more with the ABS delete.


2021 Season Plans:
  1. Finally get the fairings painted (I know I'm slow lol)
  2. Get the motor refreshed and do a SS build on it (valve grind, cam timing, decked head, thinner head gasket, MR12). Shooting for low to mid 130s on this new motor.
 

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deff post pictures of the core moto and abs pump delete. i just ordered my full kit from them and havent found much of a how to yet.
 

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Wow. Do you have the part number for the older R6 velocity stack?

I had an '08 for 4 years and now have a '17 and it's definitely down on power (even with a full system/air mods). I'd love that grunt back.
 

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deff post pictures of the core moto and abs pump delete. i just ordered my full kit from them and havent found much of a how to yet.
I'm sure you've already done the conversion but if not then your best bet is to watch the STG step-by-step install video:

No pictures were taken on my end unfortunately but I have a couple of tips:

  • The front lines are dependent upon what master cylinder you use. My Galespeed moved the line location so I had to do some maneuvering in order to get a proper fit. The T-line race kit still makes everything super easy though.
  • When pulling out the steel brake lines from the ABS unit, I actually just had to cut mine in half in order to be able to pull them out. Not sure if you're trying to save yours, but this was the easiest approach for me.
Wow. Do you have the part number for the older R6 velocity stack?

I had an '08 for 4 years and now have a '17 and it's definitely down on power (even with a full system/air mods). I'd love that grunt back.
I would double-check but I believe it's the following:

Upper stacks: 13S-1440B-00-00
Linkage: 13S-14490-00-00
 

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I've been pretty busy with the race season so no updates for a while. The bike has been working unbelievably well and I have gotten much faster on it throughout the course of the season (however short it has been). I've played a ton with various suspension settings, chassis geometry, tires, and other things along the way. Few callouts:


  1. If you haven't tried the new Michelin Power Performance Cup tires, you're seriously missing out! They provide an unbelievable amount of grip and essentially force you to ride faster. There are some absolutely required suspension/geometry changes that need to happen though.
  2. Gathering data for your sessions and races is not only fun, but teaches you many things that you may miss while trying to stay on the bike. Things like letting off the throttle too early, inconsistent throttle application, bad lines, etc. are all clearly visible when reviewing footage + data. Here's an example of one of my last races:

  3. If you're a tall rider and can't seem to get into the bike, check out the Carbonin fuel tank extension. It forces you into a more comfortable position and keeps you from sliding onto the tank when under hard braking.
  4. The Galespeed Elaborate VRE is pure amazingness. I've run a bunch of brembo units in the past and they don't even compare to this MC. Huge amount of adjustability and tons of feel with consistent performance.
Things that are on the bucket list for the 2021 season:
  • Upgraded rotors and pads to keep heat down and initial bite up. The rear brakes are getting modified so that they don't feel like an on/off switch.
  • Slipper clutch installed so my high-speed corner entries don't upset the chassis as much.
  • A proper race seat to aid in comfort and overall better ergonomics.
  • Full SS motor build :devilish:
 
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